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"It's about interaction and fun, not delusion"

Gerry Dowswell is retired, but that doesn't keep him from wielding a sword in his local chapter of the Society for Creatiuve Anachronism. He knows where his character ends and real life begins. "It's about interaction and fun," Dowswell said, "not delusion." (video)

Peerages at Selviergard Yule

Baron Khevron of the Principality of Oertha in the Kingdom of the West reports that videos of Peerage ceremonies by Lady Merewyn of Ynys Taltraeth, shot at December 2011's Selviergard Yule, are now available to view on YouTube.

The secrets of the Mary Rose

In 1545, Henry VIII's flagship, the Mary Rose sank while fighting the French in the Solent, the straits north of the Isle of Wight in England. The remains of the ship were rediscovered in 1971, catching the imagination of historians worldwide. A documentary, Ghosts of the Mary Rose, is available online.

Discovering "a way of life from an age gone by"

Longing to live the life of a British farmer during the reign of King James I? Now, while you may not be able to live it, you can certainly watch how a group of people take on the task of working a Jacobean farm. The 12-part series, Tales from the Green Valley, is available on YouTube.

Help with a quest: Battle of Nations Team USA

Bob Dionisio is funding for his attendance at the upcoming Battle of Nations where he will participate as part of Team USA.

Hrafn Olafsson victor of Ansteorra's Winter 2012 Crown Tournament

On Legio Draconis, Hrólfr reports that Hrafn Olafsson was the winner of the Winter 2012 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. His Highness was inspired in His endeavor by Elizabeta di Valore della Rosawill.

SCA joins Roller Vixens for charity event

It's a "continuing partnership," said Morgantown Roller Vixen Brianna Lovell about Jingle Brawl, a recent charity event featuring three roller derby scrimmage games and an armored combat demo by the local SCA group. Reporter Alex Hines of WBOY-TV in Clarksburg, West Virginia has the story.

Mummers reported to be Hottest Holiday Ticket

According to The Onion's entertainment reporter, a troupe of traveling mummers is making a hit across the USA this holiday season.

Fencing Cam at BAM

Collwyn O'Snowdon reports that he has posted several videos of fencing on YouTube taken at the recent Bordermarch Autumn Melees (BAM) in the Kingdom of Ansteorra.

Historic re-enactment in Scotland

"The Historic Saltire Society is an organisation dedicated to two things. The first is living history and the second is Fun!" reads the opening paragraph on the group's website. Historic Saltire Society travels "the length and breadth of Scotland to various venues to perform for our audiences."

SvartulvR Kåte elevated to Laurel in Drachenwald

Their Majesties Lief and Morrigan of the Kingdom of Drachenwald have elevated SvartulvR Kåte to the Order of the Laurel for his skill in the arts of the forge. The elevation took place in the city hall of Miltenberg am Main.

Full Contact Combat and Battle of the Nations - Poland 2012

Kit Houston, who is involved in the Full Contact Combat movement in Australia, offers information on the sport, and hopes to contact others in the country who might be interested.

Count Gemini's shield class on YouTube

Kaydian reports that a video of a class taught by Count Gemini Asonte of Antir, on the use of shields in combat, has been posted to YouTube. The 90 minute class has been broken down into ten segments.

14th century hand cannon demonstrated

In a 9-minute video, members of the Springfield Arsenal, LLC go "medieval" by demonstrating a 14th century 3-Barrel Rapid-Fire Pole Cannon, a black powder device fired by striking against a surface.

Help identify the Staffordshire Hoard "mystery object"

It's beautiful, but what is it? Archaeologists are asking that question about three gold and silver pieces from the Staffordshire Hoard that fit together. Guesses include a saddle fitting and the decorative terminal to a parchment scroll. (photos)

99 Danish thanes

For those old enough to have grooved to German popstar Nena's 99 Luftballoons, this video will make your day. Nena showcases her bardic chops with a retelling of Beowulf to the tune of her signature song.

The Story of Beowulf

See Rathflaed, the Black Bard of Meridies, (Stephen Melvin) tell the tale of Beowulf in storybook fashion on YouTube. Click, click, click. The slightly-adult audio version of the book is read by the author.

SCAdians hope to send team to Battle of the Nations

Max Von Halstern has a dream: to send Team USA to take part in Battle of the Nations, "the full-contact, extremely authentic medieval martial arts tournament held in the Ukraine." A discussion is taking place on Facebook.

The story of the English language - in 10 funny sessions

Attention linguists! Prepare for your tutorial on the History of the English Language as presented by OpenLearn. The ten one-minute video sessions are narrated by Clive Anderson and illustrated by animated line drawings. Get your pencils - and senses of humor - ready.

Video features Canton of Montagne du Roi

A two-minute video, produced by Elizeth Labega, chronicles armoured and rapier combat as well as a lady being fitted for garb by a merchant.

Searching for the Holy Grail at the Penn Museum

Any lecture which begins with a clip from Monty Python and the Holy Grail can't be bad. In a YouTube video, Dr. Richard Hodges, the Williams Director of the Penn Museum discusses "the legend of King Arthur, Camelot and the quest for the Holy Grail."

News views combat in AEthelmearc

Seneschal Brian Newman, Marcus Stendahl and Dorinda Courtine-White, of the Shire of Heronter in Western New York, introduce viewers of Time Warner Cable News 8 to the SCA in a three-part video magazine entitled VIP Chautauqua.

Nat Geo network debuts series on jousting

"Will full-contact professional jousting be the next extreme sport?" asks the National Geographic Channel in the promo for their new series Knights of Mayhem. The show will feature four professional jousters who compete in the full-contact sport. (photos and video)

Valizan changes bellydance stereotype in southern Ontario

Canadian bellydancer Rob Galbraith, known as Valizan in the SCA, considers himself a shy person, but those who watch his performance as a male bellydancer, complete with scimitar, would be surprised. Jeff Mahoney of the Toronto Star has the story.

Northshield Fall Crown 2011 video online

Roisin has posted a number of videos of the Northshield Fall Crown held October 8, 2011. The videos are available to view on YouTube.

Nat Geo to explore Staffordshire gold

On Monday November 7, 2011, the National Geographic Channel will present two, hour-long programs on the Staffordshire Hoard, the Viking treasure discovered in 2010 in England. The programs are scheduled for 8:00 and 9:00 p.m. (EST).

Archaeology meets folklore in documentary

Filmmakers Davide Marco Zori and Jesse Byock from the UCLA Archaeology Department explore "whether oral and written histories can help us understand the relics of the past" in The Saga of a Viking Age Longhouse in Iceland.

What prompted the Icelandic Sagas?

Dr. Emily Lethbridge of Cambridge University is seeking to understand the significance of the Icelandic Sagas, why they were created during the 13th and 14th centuries, and why they still resonate with the people of Iceland today.

English kings and queens remembered in song

Remembering the names of English Royals can be daunting, but the folks at Horrible Histories have made it a song - literally. View the video on YouTube.

Video of 1978 West Kingdom Crown online

Hirsch von Henford reports that the West Kingdom History site can now display videos. The first video posted online is from Hal Ravn, June Crown, 1978.